Domestic violence call leads to drug bust

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By M.J. Subiria Arauz


The Clayton County Police Department took into custody two Riverdale residents, who face various drug charges, said Clayton County Police Officer Phong Nguyen.

The charges for suspects Salima Skinner, 32, and Orlando Johnson, 37, include possession and manufacturing of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of firearms during a commission of a crime, according to Nguyen.

"Charges are going to be based on evidence found," added Officer John Schneller.

On March 20, at approximately 12:45 a.m., the police department responded to a dispatch 911 call, relating to a domestic disturbance, at 2060 Bethsaida Road, Riverdale, said the officer.

"While at the incident location, officers observed several marijuana plants inside the residence," he said, in a written statement.

Clayton County Police narcotics agents were notified of the incident, and obtained and executed a search warrant at the residence, said Nguyen.

Inside the residence, agents found approximately 137 marijuana plants in various growing stages, and marijuana that was in several stages of preparation for distribution, he said. Other items found included two semi-automatic handguns, one revolver, approximately 3.5 grams of cocaine and more than $16,400 in cash, he added.

Schneller said the police department was unable to release information about the domestic violence call, or any additional information about the case.